June 11, 2012
Fellow soldiers pay respect to 1st Lt. Mathew “Mat” Fazzari and Capt. Scott Pace during a ceremony at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. Fazzari and Pace died after their helicopter was brought down in action last week.
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First Lt. Mathew ‘Mat’ Fazzari was remembered in ceremonies in the US and Afghanistan.
Family, friends and soldiers convened Friday on two continents to honor 1st Lt. Mathew Fazzari. At the Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, wife Tovah, parents Greg and Susan, and brother Luke Fazzari witnessed the "Dignified Transfer" process as his remains were ceremoniously moved from an incoming aircraft to a waiting vehicle that was driven to the Port Mortuary. On the other side of the world Friday, 200 soldiers in Task Force Pegasus assembled in an open-air hangar at Bagram Air Field to celebrate the lives of Fazzari and Capt. Scott Pace, Fazzari's commander and co-pilot. The two soldiers were killed Wednesday in a helicopter crash after their OH-58 Kiowa Warrior was struck by enemy fire in the Ghazni province, Afghanistan.